Penny Felts "Erica #1"

Penny Felts "Erica #1"

Penny Felts
"Erica #1"
12x12 in a 16x20 frame
Printed on metallic paper
recycled frame
Erica Jay
My aluminum (tin foil) dress was inspired by three things, that all remind me of growing up in the 90s (Platforms! Hologram everything!) I used Trader Joe's recyclable brown bags for the lining, and layered cut foil onto the dress. I made a coordinating hair bow from the bag handles, which I layered in foil.

Each year in New York City, the Metropolitan Museum hosts a themed fashion party; this year's theme was 'Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.' Most of the clothing presented was holographic or metallic and gave me inspiration for my dress. Metallics are a huge trend in the city and I see notions of this style on the NYC streets and subway everyday. I wanted to make a timeless silhouette (a simple shift, similar to a 1940's era flapper dress) and update it with the futuristic metallic foil.

I also love sparkly nail polish and I found a metallic silver color recently that reminded me of tin foil. While at the thrift store, I bough metallic platform sandals, that matched the final dress perfectly!

I was so happy to reunite with Penny, build the dress and shoot for this project!

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